The Sorcerer’s Apprentices Work Their Magic in Milan

It is a special treat whenever a new project from the extraordinary Studio Peregalli is unveiled. And when it is a project in Milan originally designed by Renzo Mongiardino, Laura Sartori Rimini’s and Roberto Peregalli’s celebrated mentor, it deserves special attention.

Entry Hall by Studio Peregalli. photo Simon Upton for ELLE DECOR

In the March ELLE DECOR, we learn this Milanese apartment, originally designed in the 1950’s and near disrepair, was suggested by Peregalli to Italian clients looking for a new home. Keeping as many of the original Mongiardino touches as possible, Studio Peregalli updated the apartment to function for today’s lifestyle. And just as Mongiardino was a sorcerer able to conjure up the most elusive environments, so are his apprentices adept at inventing interiors redolent with magical memories and dazzling details.

Dining Room by Studio Peregalli. photo Simon Upton for ELLE DECORExpert at melding time and place, Studio Peregalli created the entry, top, as a filter between inside and out and a space to set the tone with inventive illusion and craftsmanship. The trompe l’oeil walls replete with trellises and columns as well as parquet flooring continue into the dining room, below, where the tablecloth and 19th century chairs are of hand-painted fabrics.

Living room by Studio Peregalli. photo Simon Upton for ELLE DECOR

While in the living room, above, the 19th century Italian table and Neapolitan bookcases are a nod to Italian heritage, there is an evocative global mix with antique English rug and chandeliers and an impressive 18th century Japanese Imari vase.

Living room with jib door by Studio Peregalli. photo Simon Upton for ELLE DECOR

At the other end of the room, above, you can see the masterful layering of art and pattern, from the Turkish-rug-covered custom sofa to the cleverly concealed jib door leading to the library, below. Here, bookcases originally designed by Mongiardino surround the space filled with Biedermeier furniture and custom velvet sofas.

Library by Studio Peregalli. photo Simon Upton for ELLE DECOR

The elegant maximalist vision continues in the master bedroom where 19th century hand-painted wallpaper envelops the space.

Master bedroom by Studio Peregalli. photo Simon Upton for ELLE DECOR

Bought at auction in France, missing pieces were artfully added and embellished with faux marbleized base and trellised ceiling frame to simulate “an Italian capriccio, a fantastical and bucolic landscape with architectural features.”

Master bath by Studio Peregalli. photo Simon Upton for ELLE DECORThe master bath, above, walks the line between past and present with modern fixtures and custom mirror and furniture based on early 20th century English examples.

Terrace by Studio Peregalli. photo Simon Upton for ELLE DECORall photos by Simon Upton for ELLE DECOR

Even a small balcony is perfection planted with papyrus, wisteria and ferns and furnished with vintage iron chairs and table with textured walls treated like aging frescos. Studio Peregalli’s first book, The Invention of the Past, is a favorite and I am already looking forward to their second volume, The Grand Tour, coming from Rizzoli.

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10 Responses to The Sorcerer’s Apprentices Work Their Magic in Milan

  1. Beth says:

    Thank you for the fabulous news of a second book Stacey. A Grand Tour with Studio Peregalli is certain to wear its title well !

  2. Beth Scanlon says:

    Thank you for the fabulous news of a second book Stacey. A Grand Tour with Studio Peregalli is certain to wear its title well !

  3. Is that one wallpaper in the living room, or did they make a patchwork of several? The effect is amazing.
    I love all the velvet and fringe.
    And that balcony!!!

  4. Tracy says:

    How absolutely gorgeous! Magical is indeed the word ~

    Thanks so much, Stacey

  5. What a beautiful space! It’s wonderful to such carefully curated attention to layers of lush detail.
    Thank you for the tour Stacey!!

  6. Eileen Haas says:

    I guess I’d better not throw out all my 19th-Century antiques! Thanks for showing us this, Stacy. I have Studio Pergalli’s first book; I know I’ll have their second. Love the balcony, btw, what a place to relax with a cappuccino.

  7. Atom says:

    This is amazing showcase of Indian decor and the Indian Interior designs, We are the served you the best Home presents of you the Modern Interiors Designs.

  8. Monica says:

    Everything looks amazing, just WOW.
    Love the veranda with green tree and flowers.

  9. Thank you for the fabulous news of a second book Stacey.

  10. DHL Chennai says:

    This is excellent and Thank you for the fabulous news of a second book Stacey.

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